Morrisville State Tops Hilbert, Keuka Up Next
from press release
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Second seeded Morrisville State College upended third seed Hilbert College 9-4 Wednesday evening in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinal tournament action in Morrisville, advancing to the title game for a third time in program history.
Morrisville State (13-3) will face top seed Keuka College (13-0) in the final, to be played Saturday at 4 p.m. in Keuka. The winner of the NEAC Championship will earn the conference's first automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Sophomore netminder Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.) came up huge in net for the Mustangs to secure the win with a collegiate best performance as he registered 15 saves on the day including seven in the second quarter.
Offensively, seven different Mustangs posted tallies on the day, with Andrew Donoghue (Rochester, N.Y.) leading the way with two goals and an assist. Eliud Evans (Culver City, Calif.) added two goals to the scoring efforts, while teammate's Joseph Chazen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Tom Rosaschi (East Syracuse, N.Y.) each posted one goal and assisted another.
Andrew MacKay led the Hilbert efforts with a three point evening, scoring twice and assisting another, while teammate Doug Takac added two assists in the losing effort.
Brenden Deady made 11 stops in the efforts between the pipes for the Hawks, turning away five in the final quarter.
Morrisville State was first to get on the board in the contest, as Rosaschi went down the center of the box to post the unassisted tally just 1:35 into the contest for the early 1-0 lead. The Mustangs took a 3-0 lead after the opening quarter with two additional scores, an unassisted goal by John Sherlock (Tully, N.Y.) midway through the first, before Evans added another minutes later off a feed from Donoghue.
Hilbert was able to get on the board early in the second with a rebounded score by MacKay, but Morrisville State went on to net six straight, claiming a commanding 9-1 lead with minutes to go in the third quarter.
Hilbert posted the final three tallies of the day, all on extra man opportunities.
Morrisville State had the advantage in shots, 31-27, over the visitors, and won the ground ball battle 31-24.
The Mustangs dominated the face-off, winning 12-of-16 chances, with 11 wins coming from sophomore John Petriello (Carmel, N.Y.).
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